Neil Gaiman says, “Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.” I agree. I can’t even decide on my favourite five from the books I’ve read just this year.
I can pick one favourite non-fiction book, in part because I read less non-fiction than fiction, and because Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari was so illuminating and thought-provoking, and way more accessible than I expected a book on a topic of such scope to be.
I can also pick two favourite books that I read for CNIB this year: The Word Collector, a picture book by Peter. H. Reynolds, and Fire Song, a young adult novel by Adam Garnet Jones. (Both happen to be Starred selections in “Best Books for Kids & Teens, a guide for teachers, parents, and librarians published by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre each year.)
I probably wouldn’t be able to name favourite books at all if I didn’t keep track of my reading at Goodreads.com because I also agree with Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
According to my “Books Read” shelf on Goodreads, here is a selection of my “read (so far) in 2018” favourites.
For Kids and Young Adults
Trampoline Boy — Nan Forler
Wicked Nix — Lena Coakley
Yellow Dog — Miriam Körner
Ebb and Flow — Heather Smith
Kate’s Ring — Donna Grassby
(The one pictured with this post, I read in 2017.)
The Dutch Wife — Ellen Keith
The Shadows in the Street — Susan Hill
Trust Your Eyes — Linwood Barclay
Dancer — Colum McCann
Brother — David Chariandy
The Boat People — Sharon Bala
The Boy on the Beach — Timi Kurdi
The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil — Lesley Choyce
The Good Doctor — Damon Galgut
Tarry This Night — Kristyn Dunnion
The Piano Maker — Kurt Palka
A Piece of the World — Cristina Baker Kline
The Dinner — Herman Koch
The Evening Chorus — Helen Humphreys
Starlight — Richard Wagamese (in preparation for reading for CNIB in 2019)
What were your favourite reads of 2018? Can you name just five? Or one!?